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Old 11-03-2010, 08:48 PM
 
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Being almost 60, with nothing in retirement and talk of social security being lost, what are MY chances of moving to another country and making the rest of my life somewhat successful? I worked for 25 years as a nurse following my husband around this country making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical industry. He got fired for sexual harrassment, we lost everything and are now divorced, leaving me with zilch!! I have no medical ins, much less any other ins, can't afford it. I can't work as a nurse anymore but could work doing something else...where do I move? What direction do I have the best chance? Staying here, the only alternative is suicide. Please help!
In addition to your extensive work experience as a nurse, do you have academic qualifications? In Malaysia, nurse training is on a major upswing. They do hire foreigners to work as lecturers, but you must have academic (paper) qualifications in order to get a work permit. Pay is sufficient to live a decent lifestyle and save for retirement. Most companies will pay into an Employee Provident Fund along with the employee's contribution.

Malaysia is quite a bit cheaper than the USA, and has a growing economy. The population is still small relative to other SE Asian nation, thus, it tends to be more progressive rather than just poverty-reduction work.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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This has been something that has been on my mind for a few years now. I currently have no college education as I took up a contracting job in Iraq since getting out of highschool in 2006 and once this is over, start working on school.

I've been to Dubai and Austria several times and I absolutely love those places. I am currently learning German as I hope to move to Vienna sometime soon and continue my schooling there. Dubai is also a very nice possibility.
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:16 PM
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Location: Hillsboro Beach
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If an american citizen wants to move to another country to work and live despite the hot weather and the difference of languaje I would recommend Panama, due to the national currency is the Balboa, but what you see in the dayly life everywhere is the US Dollar. Many americans live in Panama since the times when the interoceanic canal was administrated by USA and many others have opened their business in Panama and settled down there before and after the boom of the Real Estate in that country.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:03 AM
 
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Not sure if it was already posted but Holland is a good option for an American. English is the unofficial second language, you can bank online in English, get your bills sent in English, do your taxes in English. People live there for decades without learning Dutch. There are hundreds of employers looking for native English speakers there.

For Americans there are particular advantages because of the Holland America treaty which allows Americans to work there without needing to apply for a residence permit (although you still need a work permit), Americans may also exchange their American drivers licenses for Dutch ones without needing to sit the extremely difficult driving exams.

Holland also has an interesting tax break for more qualified expats (not just Americans), which allows them to get the first 30% of their salary tax free. Of course taxes are still super high, but it makes it a bit easier.

It's also very well located for exploring Europe, having great high speed rail connections as well as being a central hub for air travel.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:25 AM
 
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Southeast Asia is easy. Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia. Depends on what standard of living you're looking for, of course. Thailand is very modern. Some political trouble early in 2010, but things are nice and calm now. Excellent medical care. Everything's cheap.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Yoorop
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Ireland. We have that Celtic Tiger economy and full employment.
Oops!

"Celtic Tiger economy" is turning out to be a foundation-less "Druidy p*ssy economy" that is about to bust any minute!
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Old 11-17-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: DMV
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Being almost 60, with nothing in retirement and talk of social security being lost, what are MY chances of moving to another country and making the rest of my life somewhat successful? I worked for 25 years as a nurse following my husband around this country making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical industry. He got fired for sexual harrassment, we lost everything and are now divorced, leaving me with zilch!! I have no medical ins, much less any other ins, can't afford it. I can't work as a nurse anymore but could work doing something else...where do I move? What direction do I have the best chance? Staying here, the only alternative is suicide. Please help!
suicide is the easy way out. why waste 60 years of knowledge and found memories? don't let his mistake destroy your life. the world is big and full of opportunity, you just need to do a little research and make the move. heck, i'd even consider becoming an illegal immigrant in another country before taking my own life. take a drive up to canada, especially before the winter hits, and see what you can find. who knows, there's a bright side somewhere!
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:25 AM
 
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Being almost 60, with nothing in retirement and talk of social security being lost, what are MY chances of moving to another country and making the rest of my life somewhat successful? I worked for 25 years as a nurse following my husband around this country making a name for himself in the pharmaceutical industry. He got fired for sexual harrassment, we lost everything and are now divorced, leaving me with zilch!! I have no medical ins, much less any other ins, can't afford it. I can't work as a nurse anymore but could work doing something else...where do I move? What direction do I have the best chance? Staying here, the only alternative is suicide. Please help!
Nobody is going to take social security away from those who are going to reach retirement age in the next 10-15 years. It's a great scare tactic come election time but in reality there's no way any government would leave people with only 5 years to somehow replace what they have been paying for for the last 40 years.
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:20 PM
 
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I lived there and was treated just fine, by only problem came from another American.
how did you live there just fine k350? were you married to an EE'n? Or sent there for a job? I would like to know how you Lived there (not just spent time there) and how did you go about to do that?

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Old 12-19-2010, 08:53 PM
 
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No, that's not true. Living in Amsterdam, you can find all kinds of furnished accomodation. Beware though - you are looking at at least 500 euros for a ROOM. You can bring your pet here, but it's quite costly and most apartments will not allow them.

Let me know if you have any questions! The VU is great by the way.
what is the VU?

The other day I was watching HGTV and it was about an American women who had been studying to be a chiropractor...she had never lived in Amsterdam but she accepted a job there (how did she do that?) moved there and upon arriving probably while still jet lagged and submerged in culture shock...she shopped for a home to buy in the city!

I was blown away, and could not imagine how she got a job there site unseen (how did she even interview) right out of chiropractor school, and arrived and bought a home.

Also she moved there with 2 large dogs so her housing needed to be accomodating for her dogs as well. Not certain if they were there when she arrived or they arrived shortly after the purchase was done.

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